Glucksman Ireland House, NYU

Fall 2012 Events Calendar

The Nissan Foundation Glucksman Ireland House NYU presents our Fall 2012 calendar of events with support from:
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  1. September

    1. Thursday, September 13th at 7pm: John Kelly launches
      The Graves Are Walking:The Great Famine
      and the Saga of the Irish People

      Graves Are Walking

      With his compelling, fast-paced account, John Kelly vividly captures one of the worst disasters to strike humankind in The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People.

    2. Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30pm: Maid as Muse:
      How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson's Life and Language with Aife Murray in conversation with Kathleen Hill


      Lower East Side Tenement Museum
      103 Orchard Street, between Delancey and Broome.

      Maid as Muse

      A writer to writer investigation of the creative process and its interplay with domesticity and intimacy using Emily Dickinson and her maid margaret Maher as signature figures.

      Hosted by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

    3. Thursday, September 20th at 7pm: The Hill of Gathering:
      Assembly Places & Practices in the Lordships of Gaelic Ireland

      Gathering Hills

      Presented by Dr. Elizabeth FitzPatrick, this lecture explores the role of ancestral attachment and pedigree of place in the assembly practices of Gaelic lords, using the historical archaeology of landscape, place-names, folklore, medieval poetry and other literature.

    4. Friday, September 21st at 9pm: The Blarney Star Concert Series:
      Seán Tyrell

      Sean Tyrrell Blarney Star Concert

      Acclaimed Clare-based folk singer/songwriter Seán Tyrell uniquely accompanies himself on mandocello and tenor guitar.

    5. Thursday, September 27th at 7pm: Prof. Alvin Jackson on The Two Unions:
      Ireland, Scotland and the Survival of the United Kingdom

      Alvin Jackson

      Renowned historian Alvin Jackson of the University of Edinburgh speaks on the experience of Ireland and Scotland in the United Kingdom, as explored in his recent book, The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007.

      Our previously scheduled September 6th event with John Killen has been cancelled. We apologize for this inconvenience.

  2. October

    1. Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7th: Irish Film New York


      NYU Cantor Film Center
      36 East 8th Street, between University Place & Greene St.


      The very best in contemporary Irish cinema comes to NYC with Irish Film New York, a special four-day festival including screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and panel discussions.

      See event page for details, including tickets and lineup.

      Presented with support from Culture Ireland and the Irish Film Board.

    2. Thursday, October 11th at 7pm: "Republican Friendships:
      Erskine & Molly Childers and Ernie O'Malley, 1921-1924"

      Childers Sailing

      Descendants of major figures in the Irish Civil War, Cormac O'Malley and Erskine C. Childers examine the bonds between kindred nationalist spirits with "Republican Friendships: Erskine & Molly Childers and Ernie O'Malley, 1921-1924."

    3. Friday, October 12th at 9pm: The Blarney Star Concert Series:
      Charlie Coen and Jimmy Coen

      Father Charlie Coen

      Beloved musical priest from east Galway Monsignor Charlie Coen, aka "Father Charlie," plays traditional tunes on concertina with Jimmy Coen on guitar.

    4. Thursday, October 18th at 5:30pm: The Inaugural Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry:
      Seamus Heaney Prize-winner Katharine Towers

      Quinlan Lecture 2012

      Named for a Philadelphia educator and life-long lover of poetry who recently completed his 63rd year of teaching, the inaugural Tom Quinlan Lecture will be delivered by poet Katharine Towers, winner of the 2011 Seamus Heaney Prize for her collection, The Floating Man.

    5. Saturday, October 20th 1–5pm: Gaelic Song and Traditional Singing Techniques Workshop

      Ashley Davis

      Senior Irish Language Lecturer Pádraig Ó Cearúill and professional singer Ashley Davis teach Irish language through traditional songs in this afternoon-long workshop. Free.

    6. Thursday, October 25th at 7pm: "They All Had Shamrocks Painted on their Jeeps"
      with Prof. Denis Smyth

      Denis Smyth 2012

      Renowned authority on the Second World War Prof. Denis Smyth of the University of Toronto discusses the Irish influence on the British guerrilla warfare against Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy during WWII.

  3. November

    1. POSTPONED The Irish Institute of New York Lecture:
      Dr. Margaret Mac Curtain on "Diversity and Stability in the Post-Vatican Irish Catholic Church"

      Margaret Mac Curtain

      Due to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, New York University is closed through Saturday, November 3rd. Our annual Irish Institute Lecture has been postponed; however, we look forward to announcing a new date for the lecture with Margaret MacCurtain in the coming days.

      Social activist, feminist historian, and nun Dr. Margaret Mac Curtain, O.P., speaks on the past, present & future of the Irish Catholic Church for the sixth annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture. Free.

    2. POSTPONED Ambassador Philip McDonagh on
      "The Ambassadorship of Poetry"

      Denis Devlin

      Due to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, New York University is closed through Saturday, November 3rd. Unfortunately, Ambassador McDonagh's talk has been postponed. Glucksman Irleand House NYU is looking at how the Ambassador will share his presentation with the rescheduled symposium on The Ambassadorship of Poetry in the future.

      In "The Ambassadorship of Poetry," Philip McDonagh traces intersections of diplomacy and the poetic voice from the Greek polis to the modern embassy. Philip is the current Irish Ambassador to Russia and is the author of three poetry collections. This lecture is part of a two-day symposium on The Ambassadorship of Poetry taking place at Glucksman Ireland House NYU November 2-3, 2012. Free.

    3. Wednesday, November 7th at 7pm: Poet Catherine Phil MacCarthy reads from The Invisible Threshold and Vona Groarke reads from her collection, Spindrift

      Catherine MacCarthy

      Award-winning poet Catherine Phil MacCarthy reads from her recent work, including her new collection, The Invisible Threshold (Dedalus Press) and Vona Groarke reads from her collection, Spindrift (Gallery Press).

      Presented with support from Culture Ireland.

    4. Thursday, November 8th at 7pm: "Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1965 Report on
      'The Negro Family':
      How Well Does It Stand Up Today?"


      James T. Patterson, Professor Emeritus from Brown University, revisits Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1965 report, "The Negro Family," to assess its place in public policy for the fourth Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture. Free.

    5. Thursday, November 15th at 7pm: Profs. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh and Margaret Preston launch Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1950

      Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh

      Profs. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh of Harvard University and Margaret Preston of Augustana College launch a collection that illuminates two centuries of life in Ireland through topics such as midwifery, mental health, and alcoholism.

    6. Friday, November 16th at 9pm: The Blarney Star Concert Series:
      Caitlin Warbelow

      Caitlin Warbelow

      Alaska-native Caitlin Warbelow demonstrates high-energy fiddling with help from talented musical accomplices.

    7. Saturday, November 17th 1–5pm: Lá Gaeilge: Irish Language Day

      Irish Language Day 2012

      Discover the Irish language in a program designed for learners of all levels, led by NYU Irish Studies Language Lecturers Pádraig Ó Cearúill and Hilary Mhic Suibhne. Free.

    8. Tuesday, November 20th at 7pm: Pete Hamill with The Christmas Kid and Other Brooklyn Stories

      Pete Hamil

      Veteran New York journalist and novelist Pete Hamill reads from his latest publication The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories, a collection of Brooklyn-based stories spanning thirty years of Hamill's legendary career.

    9. Thursday, November 29th at 7pm: Dermot Healy launches
      Long Time, No See

      Dermot Healy

      Novelist, playwright, and poet Dermot Healy reads from his latest novel, Long Time, No See, which writer Roddy Doyle calls "Funny, sad, wild, tender, profound, brilliant... [by] Ireland's finest living novelist."

  4. December

    1. WAITLIST ADDED - Wednesday, December 5th at 2pm: Prof. Eugene Hynes examines the 1879 Marian apparitions at Knock, Co. Mayo


      Eugene Hynes, professor of sociology at Kettering University, explores the 1879 Marian apparitions at Knock, Co. Mayo and the momentous changes in religious belief that Ireland experienced in this period. Free.

      Thursday, December 6th at 7pm:
      The Ernie O'Malley Lecture:
      Professor Kevin Kenny on "Abraham Lincoln
      and the American Irish"

      O'Malley Lecture 2012

      What did Abraham Lincoln think about the American Irish and what did the American Irish think about him? Prof. Kevin Kenny of Boston College considers these questions in the context of immigration, military service, and slavery for the fourteenth annual Ernie O'Malley Lecture. Free.

    3. Friday, December 7th at 9pm: The Blarney Star Concert Series:
      James Keane

      James Keane

      Dublin-born button accordionist James Keane has made his mark as a powerful performer; his latest recording is The Heir of the Dog.

    4. Thursday, December 13th at 7pm: Airneál na Nollag

      Airneál na Nollag

      Pádraig Ó Cearúill hosts an evening of traditional music and song with NYU students and local musicians, including perennial favorites The Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra. Free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is free to most events for Members of Glucksman Ireland House and all students/faculty with a valid NYU I.D. card. For non-members: $10 donation at the door for regular event series; $15 donation at the door for Blarney Star Concert Series.

In order to ensure a seat at events, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email, except for the Blarney Star Concert Series which does not accept reservations.

All events are held at Glucksman Ireland House unless otherwise noted.

All events are supported by members of Glucksman Ireland House. Become a member.

Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Fall 2012 Events are also made possible by The Nissan Foundation; Imagine Ireland an initiative of Culture Ireland; and Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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